Burkina Faso, formerly known as Upper Volta is a landlocked country in Africa around 274,200 square kilometres in size. It is surrounded by …
Burkina Faso, formerly known as Upper Volta is a landlocked country in Africa around 274,200 square kilometres in size. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. Its capital is Ouagadougou. In 2014 its population was estimated at just over 17.3 million. Burkina Faso is a francophone country and French is an official language of government and business. Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara. Residents of Burkina Faso are known as Burkinabé.
- Founded: Aug 05, 1960
- Population: 18.11 million (2015)
- GDP: $10.68 billion USD (2015)
- Calling code: 226
- Area: 105,869 sq miles (274,200 km²)
- Capital: Ouagadougou